We are always excited to greet and get to know our newest Teacher of the Year Board member. The Georgia Partnership counts on this top educator representative to deliver the all important teacher voice to our work. Casey Bethel is the latest in a long line of incredible Georgia educators selected as the field's representative. Get to know him better here in the Professional Association of Georgia Educator's profile in PAGE ONE (pages 14-15, 17).
Congratulations to Board member (Secretary/Treasurer) Mike Donnelly, President, Atlanta Region, Wells Fargo & Co., for being named a recipient of the Atlanta Business Chronicle's "Most Admired CEO" award. Earlier this summer, readers responded to an ABC request on the Atlanta-area CEOs they most admired. Mike was one of 50 awardees that included five in the banking and finance category.
Board member Hank Huckaby, Chancellor, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, has announced his December retirement. Congratulations and thank you for your service, Hank! Story. By the amount of praise coming from around the state, it is apparent he will be missed: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
Georgia Partnership Board Chair Kevin Greiner recently had an opportunity to speak about the company he leads as President/CEO, Gas South. The company is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Check Kevin’s proud comments.
Governor Nathan Deal has made Board appointments to a number of state agencies and the Georgia Partnership is represented. Former Board Chair Shan Cooper has been named to the Technical College System of Georgia Board, while David Scheible has been named to the Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen Foundation, Inc. (REACH) Board. Press release. (August 1)
Rep. Stacey Abrams joined Jason Carter at the Democrat convention in Philadelphia to introduce a video from former President Jimmy Carter. Here's the AJC story. (July 25)
Board members Chris Clark, President/CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and Hank Huckaby, Chancellor, University System of Georgia, have been named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle's 100 Most Influential Atlantans list. Former Board Chair, Paul Bowers, Chairman, President and CEO, Georgia Power, is also on the list. (July 2016)
One of the Georgia Partnership Founders and Sustaining Members, Sonny Walker, passed away June 14. Sonny also served on the Board and was always one of the organization's most vocal and effective supporters from day one. In this 20th anniversary video, Sonny talks about the earliest days of the Georgia Partnership. His happy smile and gracious demeanor will be missed by all who knew him.
Congratulations to Senator Lindsey Tippens who has been honored with the State Superintendent of School's "Impact Award" for his sponsorship of Senate Bill 364 during the last legislative session. Here's the press release.
Long-time Board member, Dr. Beheruz Sethna, President Emeritus, University of West Georgia, in this powerful and thorough TEDx presentation, describes the transformative value of higher education to America today.
The May/June issue of James Magazine (page 31) includes an interview with Board member and 2016 Georgia Teacher of the Year, Ernie Lee. Ernie reflects on his year touring the state representing his fellow teachers. He had more to say than there was room in the magazine version so here is the entire interview conducted by the Georgia Partnership's communications director, Bill Maddox.
The March/April edition of James Magazine named former Georgia Partnership Board Chair Paul Bowers, Chairman, President and CEO, Georgia Power, its "Georgian of the Year." This 2016 "Most Influential" edition also named three current Board members to its distinguished list: Stacey Abrams, Minority Leader, Georgia House of Representatives; Chris Clark, President/CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce; and Henry "Hank" Huckaby, Chancellor, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. James Magazine (starts on page 12).
Board members Shan Cooper (former Chair) and Milford McGuirt (current Vice Chair) were featured in the March 11-17 edition of the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Shan was interviewed by Maria Saporta on "...why she left Lockheed for WestRock." On that same page was mention of Shan's being honored by the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta with their "Changing the World Award" (page 12A). Milford penned a Viewpoint piece, "Emerging trends: We're not just accountants anymore" (page 30A).
Ernie Lee, Georgia's 2016 Teacher of the Year, has a compelling message that has been the subject of several articles, many coming from Ernie's short "teacher voice" presentation at the Georgia Partnership's Media Symposium in January. This latest story is from Georgia Trend magazine: When Teachers Drop Out.
Shan Cooper, the Georgia Partnership's past Board chair, has left her position at Lockheed Martin for a new challenge at WestRock. Georgia Trend has the story. Best wishes!
Speaking of Shan, she has received another honor. The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta presented her their "Changing the World." Another former Georgia Partnership Board Chair, Paul Bowers, Chairman and & CEO, Georgia Power, serving as Honorary Event Chair, presented the award at the Scouts' 2016 Second Century Breakfast. Here is the press release.
Pat Willis has been named the 2016-17 Fitzgerald Executive-in-Residence at Marietta (Ohio) College's McDonough Center for Leadership and Business. Her topic for her year as EIR is "Beyond Altruism: The Economic, Social and Civic Impact of Nonprofit Organizations on the Mid-Ohio Valley." Pat is a 1970 graduate of Marietta College.
Former Chair, Robert L. Brown Jr., has been reelected to another five-year term on the state Transportation Board. He serves as vice-chair. Here's the story. Congratulations, Robert!
Sally FitzGerald's contributions to the public education scene in Georgia are innumerable. Many of them have helped guide the work of the Georgia Partnership through the years. We want to point out that she is the namesake of a scholarship awarded annually to a deserving student(s) in the North Fulton Council of PTAs. She helped develop this scholarship in the late 1990's when she was in charge of scholarships on the state PTA Board. It appropriately carries her name as the Sally FitzGerald Scholarship. There are many students who owe Sally a "Thank you!" as do we for her service to the Partnership. Thank you, Sally!
Congratulations to David Scheible who was named the recipient of the Paperboard Packaging Council's highest honor. David will be presented the Robert T. Gair Award at the Council's spring conference. He is the Chairman of Graphic Packaging International, Inc. Here is the story.
Georgia Trend magazine named its 2016 "100 Most Influential Georgians" in its January edition. Congratulations to Board members Rep. Stacey Abrams, Chris Clark, Shan Cooper, Gretchen Corbin, and Hank Huckaby for being named to this latest honor roll. Former Board Chair Paul Bowers is on the list. Three members are on the "Most Notables" list: Ann Cramer, Robert Brown and president Steve Dolinger.
Board Chair Kevin Greiner's October 2015 article in the Saporta Report has received wide recognition: Georgia's early learning industry - an economic win today with long-term business, social impacts.